Dear ISN Parents and Students,
With less than two weeks to go till Christmas break, the anticipation is rapidly building. Our CAS students have been hard at work preparing a Christmas project for the children of refugees for this coming week, and the Grade 12 are feverishly trying to finish up coursework and university applications, while the primary and middle school students have been learning their lines and rehearsing for the Winter Fete.
As we count down the final weeks to Christmas, I would like to remind you of the words of a famous Russian author regarding “the rule of the last inch:
Now listen to the rule of the last inch… The job is almost finished, the goal almost attained, everything possible seems to have been achieved, every difficulty overcome - and yet the quality is just not there. The work needs more finish, perhaps further research. In that moment of weariness and self-satisfaction, the temptation is greatest to give up, not to strive for the peak of quality.
That's the realm of the last inch - here the work is very, very complex but it's also particularly valuable because it's done with the most perfect means. The rule of the last inch is simply this - not to leave it undone. And not to put it off - because otherwise your mind loses touch with that realm. And not to mind how much time you spend on it, because the aim is not to finish the job quickly, but to reach perfection.
Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle
Here at school we still have a lot to finish prior to the vacation, and the teachers will be doing their best to keep the students on task right to the end, so that they can then enjoy the satisfaction of having completed their work and finished it “to perfection,” before heading off for the holidays.
Wishing all of you an enjoyable weekend,
David Johnson, ISN Director